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Classic train DVDs produced from original historic railroad film. Sunday River’s historic rail videos are produced and edited in house. Where necessary, accurate sound has been added for realistic effect. Scrupulous historic research, brings you trackside in eras long gone by. Sunday River’s classic train DVDs are known world wide as the most comprehensive and authoritative available.

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Thunder on Cranberry: 614 Battles the Steep Grades

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Thunder on Cranberry: 614 Battles the Steep Grades


Thunder on Cranberry: 614 Battles the Steep Grades


What a show of steam! This is the only photographic record of an extraordinary feat, in which the famous C&O engine #614 climbs one of the toughest grades in the eastern United States, the infamous 2.5% Cranberry grade.  614 slows to a walk. Blasts from the stack are slower than human breath, but the engine never falters.

C&O engine #614 climbs the arduous hills of the Chessie System, including 17 Mile Grade, Cranberry and Sand Patch grades - all on former B&O tracks. 

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Watch this spectacular display of steam power as  C&O engine #614 takes on the slopes of the Chessie System. #614 ascends one of the toughest grades in the eastern United States, unassisted, with a full compliment of heavyweight passenger cars. The legendary 2.5% Cranberry grade is rarely photographed because of its remote location deep in the West Virginia mountains. Eyeball to eyeball pacing let’s you experience Chessie power up close.

The film also captures #614 tackling the famous 17 Mile Grade on the opposite side of Cranberry mountain. You are within a few feet of the drivers as the engine marches a steady 10 MPH to the summit. The engine blasts over both Sand Patch and the lesser known Streets Run grades. Excellent maps help with locations. And all this is brought to you in a crisp new film transfer. 32 minutes